Shore Medical Center is located at 100 Medical Center Way in Somers Point. Before the barbecues and fireworks start, Shore Medical Center is hosting a “Celebration of Independence” ceremony Wednesday, July 3 at noon in front of the hospital.The ceremony will include essays read aloud by local children from Ocean City and Somers Point schools on what independence means to them.There will also be an appearance and speech by an actor who portrays George Washington.Two Shore employees, Saundra Stokes and Michael Green, will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.Shore Medical Center is located at 100 Medical Center Way. The program will be held on the lawn along Bay Avenue.Shore Medical Center is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care. Shore’s affiliations include Penn Medicine, Onsite Neonatal Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions. For more information about Shore Medical Center, visit www.ShoreMedicalCenter.org.
Empty seats at lectures and a lack of academic conversation in residence halls spurred discussion in Campus Life Council (CLC) Monday.The Council discussed possibilities for greater engagement outside the classroom and the intellectual environment on campus. “We are an extremely intelligent campus,” former student body president Grant Schmidt said. “We are very passionate about our studies. How do we expand on that?”Members of CLC debated how to bring a more intellectual environment to campus life outside of the classroom that would still preserve Notre Dame’s distinct identity. “We are getting a sense from juniors and seniors that they are just now realizing that they should be having friendships with their professors,” former student body vice president Cynthia Weber said. Creating more peer academic involvement during freshmen orientation would be a method to introduce this intellectual environment to students immediately, she said.Weber suggested that these conversations should could build an “opportunity to pursue service through scholarship” for students at Notre Dame who are looking towards graduate education. Council members steered away from specifically incorporating academic life in the residence halls around campus by holding more classes in dorm settings. “Looking at the residential system as a major piece of the puzzle in stimulating the intellectual life on campus is like trying to put out a fire with a water gun,” Sorin Hall rector Fr. Jim King said. The challenge is making the connection between the residence life and the culture of academia on campus, he said. Making academic events appealing to students is critical to developing an intellectual environment, members said. The Council identified a lack of interest as a problem rather than a lack of opportunities.“The value of a forum or of an event like the God Debate is that those stimulate discussion and are not just lectures,” Judicial Council president Ian Secviar said. Broadcasting important events through television and scheduling programs at more convenient times for students were proposed to engage more of the campus community. Council members targeted a combination of over-programming and a lack of advertising as the source of low attendance for lectures on campus. “It is a shame that we have so much at hand and so little being taken advantage of,” student representative John DeLacio said. “It’s frustrating.”
The Supervisory Board of the largest Croatian tourist company Valamar Riviere has approved the next investment cycle, which will bring the total investment in Valamar’s destinations to HRK 793 million in 2019.Investment projects in 2019 are focused on repositioning the portfolio according to high value-added offers and services. Valamar Riviera will thus complete the three-year investment cycle worth more than HRK 2 billion, which was envisaged within Valamar’s business growth and development strategy until 2020. “The successful growth of Valamar’s business is the result of an investment strategy in raising the quality of products, employees and destinations in a responsible and sustainable manner, taking care of the interests of all stakeholders involved. In the coming period, Valamar will define goals and strategic initiatives until 2022, with an emphasis on further investments in the development of the tourism portfolio, destinations and employees “, said Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera.One of the biggest investments in 2019 is the investment in Camp Istra, which will become the first large 5 * camp in Croatia next season, the opening of the luxury family hotel Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * in Poreč and the development of many other additional facilities and service concepts in other camps, hotels and resorts of Valamar. The plan is to continue significant investments in accommodation for seasonal employees in accordance with Valamar’s strategic goals. An intensive investment cycle is planned for next year on the island of Rab in the total value of 140 million kuna, and includes investment in Valamar Carolina Hotel & Villas 4 * in partnership with TUI Sensimar brand, development of family facilities and services in Hotel Valamar Padova 4 * and investment to Camp Padova, which will earn 4 * and the prestigious Premium Camping Resort brand label Camping Adriatic by Valamar. In the Makarska hotels that Valamar took over this year, in 2019 it is planned to invest in the quality and contents of the Meteor hotel, which will operate under the Valamar Hotels & Resorts brand next season.Valamar continuously confirms its leading position through business growth and investment in Croatian tourismTotal investments reached HRK 5 billion, of which HRK 4,3 billion in raising the quality of hotels, resorts and camping resorts, and HRK 700 million in acquisitions and expansion. In the past three years, Valamar has created as many as 2300 new jobs, significantly increased salaries and improved working conditions.Also, this year the process of taking over the company Hoteli Makarska dd in Croatia and the first Valamar hotel in Austria was successfully finalized.